If you don’t spend all your waking hours on the internet, you may be lucky enough to not know who Paul Joseph Watson is. He’s a YouTuber – an alt right one, which we all know is the second worst kind of YouTuber, after people who record 29 minute long videos of their Primark “hauls” – who also describes himself as a “Conservative Contrarian”. He probably thinks this description makes him sound edgy and cool. He’s not. He sits in front of a map all day in his mum’s house recording Islamophobic videos. His fans think simply tweeting the word “triggered!!!!!” at people is enough to win an argument. He retweets Nigel Farage.
And now he’s made himself look even more stupid, somehow, with this tweet:
“Thank God the BBC is portraying Roman Britain as ethnically diverse,” he said. “I mean, who cares about historical accuracy, right?”. It’s obviously meant to be some kind of “gotcha, lefties!!!!” tweet. Except...it’s….wrong?
Enter historian Mike Stuchbery.
Roman Britain was ethnically diverse, almost by design. To begin, occupying legions were drawn from other parts of the Empire.— Mike Spookbery 💀🍷 (@MikeStuchbery_) July 25, 2017
...many of the inhabitants of the 'vicus' would travel with the legion, especially if they were considered 'elite'.— Mike Spookbery 💀🍷 (@MikeStuchbery_) July 25, 2017
London, as the capital of the province, was especially diverse. People lived, worked & died together from all over.— Mike Spookbery 💀🍷 (@MikeStuchbery_) July 25, 2017
And TV historian Mary Beard also got involved to refute PJW’s tweet.
You’d have thought, by this point, that our old pal Prison Planet would have given up, having been so comprehensively parred off. He didn’t, though: as of writing, he’s still sat around claiming he has not been owned.
"im not owned! im not owned!!", i continue to insist as i slowly shrink and transform into a corn cob— wint (@dril) November 11, 2011
Give it up, mate.